Zucchini Carrot Pumpkin Muffins

Zucchini Carrot Pumpkin Muffins
I had this crazy idea the other day to combine three of my favorite kinds of quick breads. Zucchini bread, carrot cake bread and pumpkin bread. They all have a spiced batter and require fall vegetables for texture and flavor. I started off by using a cup of pumpkin puree, then added a bit of grated carrot to it and a half cup of grated zucchini. I was a bit nervous about how the liquid in the carrot and zucchini would effect the texture of the muffins, but since I was able to squeeze most of it out, it wasn’t a problem. These baked up perfectly and smelled divine! I topped mine off with a bit of whipped cinnamon cream cheese topping, but these are just as tasty without. Nuts or raisins would also be a great addition to this recipe along with pepitas (pumpkin seeds). Enjoy and happy baking!



Zucchini Carrot Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

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Course: Breads & Muffins, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 18 mins
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 250kcal
Author: Life Made Simple Team
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  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree - (not pie filling)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup carrot - finely grated, liquid removed
  • 1/2 cup zucchini - finely grated, liquid removed
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
whipped cinnamon cream cheese topping
  • 4 oz cream cheese - room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter - room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line one standard size muffin pan with liners or grease with baking spray, set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with mixing speed on low, combine sugars, puree, vegetable oil, applesauce, water, and vanilla extract. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until just combined.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and ground cinnamon. With mixing speed on low, gradually add in the dry ingredients, mixing until no flour pockets remain. Remove bowl from stand, gently fold in carrot and zucchini, set aside.
  • Place in oven and bake for 18-22 minutes or until the tops spring back and are golden brown in color. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • While muffins cool, to make the whipped topping, combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Gradually bring up the mixing speed to high, beat until smooth, about 2-3 minutes. The mixture should be very soft and spreadable, this is like frosting, but with less sugar. If more milk is needed to create a smoother consistency, add more and continue beating. Spread onto the tops of the cooled muffins.


Makes 12 standard size muffins


Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 318mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 3925IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. I just put it into a mesh sieve and pressed it out. You could use paper towels too if you don’t have a fine mesh strainer.

  2. Oh my gosh, you have the BEST recipes! But I have 2 dumb questions for you.
    Do you think the pumpkin puree would be good if I scoop it out of a pumpkin instead of a can?
    And that’s the only dumb question I have because I just saw your answer about removing the liquid 🙂

  3. I have made many muffin recipes and I have to applaud this recipe. Every batch I’ve made (3) and even adjusted to my own additives has baked to perfection I used all carrots once and didn’t even drain the water , aswell I didn’t add the water you required . The first time I added yogurt instead of water and still the outcome was outstanding. My family and friends approve ,thanks for the successful experience

  4. These are delicious! My kids love them and so do I. I always love sneaking healthy foods into things like muffins.